Your Guide to Buying Long Riding Boots

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Your Guide to Buying Long Riding Boots

A pair of good quality long riding boots, whether used for competition work, schooling, hacking about, or mucking out, provides the wearer with the necessary comfort, safety, and practicality required when working with and around horses. Long riding boots are designed to protect the rider's leg and foot and promote correct leg positioning while on a horse. If properly maintained, a pair of long riding boots can last a long time.

Long riding boots are available to purchase from specialty equestrian stores, selected sporting goods stores, and from various online stores. eBay has a wide selection of new and used long riding boots for sale in price ranges to suit any buyer's budget. Learning about what types of riding boots are available, the various material options, how to measure to get the correctly fitted boots, and how to find the right pair of long riding boots on eBay helps any consumer to make a wise and cost effective purchase decision.

Long Riding Boots for Different Uses

Long riding boots come in a range of styles, designed for different uses. Each style of boot offers various levels of comfort and practical and safety features that make them suitable for different types of equestrian work. In order to buy the right style of long riding boot, it pays for a buyer to first identify what type of riding he or she plans to do in the boots.

Long Riding Boots for Competition

The most formal of all equestrian footwear and often referred to as dress boots,, long riding boots for competition work are traditionally black in colour and made from stiff leather. They have no lacing and have a zipper that runs up the length of the back of the boot. Some less expensive dress boots may feature no zipper and are simply pulled on and off. They are usually made from inexpensive rubber. For low level competition, long rubber riding boots are accepted. For higher level competition, riders must wear leather long riding boots.

Riders competing in dressage, eventing, and show jumping are required to wear dress boots. Many dressage riding boots are designed with a cut that extends higher up over the outside of the rider's knee. This is for aesthetics only.

Long Riding Boots for Casual Riding

Long riding boots for casual riding can include field boots and hunt boots. Casual long riding boots feature different designs to accommodate for the different styles of riding. Field and hunt boots tend to be less formal and less expensive than dress boots.

Field Boots

Similar to dress boots, field boots are usually made from leather and have a zipper closure running up the length of the back of the boot. The difference between dress boots and field boots is that the latter features a lace up closure at the front of the ankle. This lace up allows the rider greater flexibility and movement to bend their foot, a riding position that is required when using shorter stirrups, common for field type riding. Many jumping disciplines, such as eventing, show jumping, and hunting, use field boots, as do mounted police.

Hunt Boots

Sometimes called top boots, hunt boots are similar to dress boots but feature a cuff at the top. This cuff is usually tan or brown in colour. The rest of the boot is traditionally made of soft, black leather. Hunt boots are used for fox hunting and usually have a long zipper up the back of the leg but may also feature no zipper.

Long Riding Boots for Mucking

Long riding boots for mucking are designed for use while working in and around stables, out in the paddock, and around horses. They feature durable and waterproof rubber soles with a thick rounded toe. Mucking boots are designed to protect against water and still feel comfortable after being worn for long periods of time.

Some designs are suitable for riding, but many are more designed for use when off the horse. Long mucking boots designed for winter weather often feature soft padded material that extends up the leg, offering the wearer added comfort and warmth.

The Choice of Long Riding Boot Materials

Long riding boots are generally made from two types of material. They may be made from inexpensive synthetic materials, such as rubber, or from more expensive leather materials.

Synthetic Long Riding Boots

Synthetic riding boots are usually made from rubber. Long rubber riding boots are inexpensive, durable, and good for hacking and schooling. At adult competition level, rubber boots are not usually considered as acceptable footwear. In some children's competition classes, rubber riding boots may be considered acceptable. Synthetic long riding boots do not tend to provide enough warmth when riding in cold weather, and they can be less comfortable to wear than leather boots.

Long Leather Riding Boots

Black leather is the traditional material used to make long riding boots. Long leather riding boots are required for adult competition classes and many children's competition classes. Leather boots are comfortable, soft, breathable, and provide enough flexibility for the rider to bend their ankle to the required angle. With time leather riding boots become more and more comfortable to wear for longer periods of time as they mould to the shape of the rider's normal leg position.

Moreover, boots made from leather offer greater warmth in winter than many synthetic boots and are often more comfortable to wear in summer than synthetic boots. The leather used is traditionally smooth cowhide, but pigskin is sometimes used. The softer the leather, the more expensive the boots are likely to be. Leather boots range significantly in price, from being rather affordable to several hundred pounds.

How to Find the Right Sized Long Riding Boots

In order to measure correctly for long riding boots, the wearer needs to take three different measurements. The first measurement required is the foot length in order to identify the wearer's shoe size. The second measurement is at the widest part of the calf. When taking this measurement, the person should be in a standing position. The third measurement is the height from the base of the foot to the back of the knee at the crease. In order to take this measurement correctly, the person should have their leg in a slightly bent riding position. The following two tables provide a guide for measuring the correct long boot size. This one below provides sizing measurements for regular height long riding boots.

Size

36

37

38

39

40

41

42

Height (cm)

40.8

41.6

42.4

43.2

44

44.8

45.6

XS Calf

30

31

32

33

34

35

36

S Calf

31

32

33

34

35

36

37

M Calf

32

33

34

35

36

37

38

L Calf

33

34

35

36

37

38

39

XL Calf

34

35

36

37

38

39

40

The following table provides size measurements for short height long riding boots. Because people are of all different heights, several boot manufacturers offer boots to suit riders of all different heights. In this way any rider can find a boot that provides a more comfortable and safe fit.

Size

37

38

39

40

41

Height (cm)

38.6

39.4

40.2

41

41.8

M Calf

33

34

35

36

37

L Calf

34

35

36

37

37

XL Calf

35

36

37

38

39

XXL Calf

37.5

38.5

39.5

40

41

XXXL Calf

41

42

43

43

43

It is important to buy riding boots that fit properly. Ill-fitting riding boots can lead to discomfort and safety issues. Buyers should be aware that size measurements vary between the different riding boot brands and it is always recommended to try on a pair of long riding boots before making any final purchase decision.

Find Long Riding Boots for Sale on eBay

Long riding boots can be found easily on eBay by typing "long riding boots&" into the search bar. You can also search by typing a specific phrase, such as women's Harry Hall long riding boots or Ariat long riding boots.. eBay also allows you to refine your search options by using the various categories. These include searching by gender, brand, size, colour, condition, or price range.

When you find a pair of long riding boots you want to purchase, be sure to check out the seller's feedback. Their feedback profile gives you an idea of how others have found their service. The Detailed Seller Ratings is a system of scores and stars to give you an idea of what type of service you can expect from any particular seller. Feedback profiles and ratings are an important part of the eBay buying experience. It is strongly recommended that you check out the seller's feedback before making any final purchase decision.

Conclusion

Long riding boots come in a range of styles. Some are designed for competing in, others are designed for hacking and schooling, while others are designed for working in the paddock and around the stables. Boots may be made from leather or synthetic. Leather boots are significantly more expensive than synthetic boots and provide greater comfort and flexibility for the rider. In order to ride comfortably, safely, and correctly, riders require their long riding boots to fit properly. Boots are sized based on the length of the wearer's foot, the circumference of the calf, and the height of the lower part of the leg up to the back of the knee.

Long riding boots can be expensive to purchase. To buy a pair of long riding boots that meet a rider's requirements while sticking to a budget, buyers can head online to eBay. eBay offers a good selection of long riding boots for sale in a range of sizes, materials, styles, and prices that can suit anyone's needs.

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